Survey: Sellers Fare 50% Better With Agents

Survey: Sellers Fare 50% Better With Agents

Sellers have a better chance at getting their house sold by using a REALTOR® (real estate professional) than opting for the do-it-yourself approach, according to a survey of 1,000 homeowners by, an online real estate resource.

Nearly 60 percent of homeowners who used a REALTOR® to sell their home were successful compared to 39 percent of “For Sale By Owners,” the survey found.

In the survey, 83 percent of homeowners said they used a REALTOR® to sell their home, whereas 17 percent said they tried to sell it themselves. This corresponds to results from NAR’s 2010 Profile of Buyers & Sellers, which found 88 percent of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent. (Additionally, 83 percent of buyers bought their home through an agent.)

“It is especially striking that homeowners fare significantly better in selling their homes using a REALTOR® than selling on their own,” said Louis Cammarosano, General Manager at HomeGain.

“Due to that relative success, the level of satisfaction in the home-selling process is also higher for home sellers utilizing the services of a REALTOR® than those who try to sell their homes on their own.”

Among the findings in its For Sale by Owner vs. REALTOR® survey:

  • 88 percent of homeowners who sold their homes using a REALTOR® said they would use a REALTOR® again.
  • 24 percent of FSBOs eventually contacted a REALTOR® to help sell their home.

Source: “HomeGain Survey Finds Home Sellers Fare 50% Better in Getting Their Homes Sold Using a REALTOR® Than Selling on Their Own,” (Feb. 24, 2011)


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